Zootopia

Photo: Walt Disney Animation Studios

Classic cop drama meets zoological, family fun. Zootopia takes the dry witty humor of a good old fashioned cop movie and throws in the childlike wonder you get from seeing your favourite animals walking and talking and turns it into something you really shouldn’t miss!With beautifully designed scenery, Zootopia showcases the diversity of not only the animal kingdom, but human society, too. We see allowances made for creatures of different breeds, shapes, sizes and abilities that makes you want to chase your dreams while encouraging those around you to reach further, jump higher, run faster, and try harder.

The combined genius of story writers and directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore, and Jared Bush, takes us through an all too familiar tale of expectations and prejudices that are thrust upon our unlikely heroes, Officer Judy Hopps and the street-wise Nick Wilde. Hopps and Wilde, voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, teach some important lessons about not letting other people’s negative opinions bring you down; or if you can’t do something the way you’re expected to, find a way that works for you.

Bringing together the crazy high-jinx of our overly optimistic bunny cop with the cynical foxy conman, topped with a few jokes for the parents and some peppy music from Shakira, we are left with a great movie for people of all ages. With all the ups, downs, round and rounds, Officer Hopps’ words really ring true. “Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.”

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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Photo: Warner Bros.

Bringing new life to a character who has already been cinematically portrayed by five different actors, over eight movies was never going to be an easy task.

In Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, director Zack Snyder brings the gritty reality of Gotham’s Dark Knight to life once more. In this next instalment of DC’s story, we pick up where 2013’s Man of Steel left off. Batman, Played by Ben Affleck, helps to show us a different perspective of Henry Cavill’s Superman.

We start to see what their world is really like. Snyder endeavors to remove the rose tint through which many of us have begun to view the superheroes of our childhood. Jesse Eisenberg’s slightly skewed portrayal of Superman’s age-old arch nemesis, Lex Luthor, lends to the mania that is life with heroes and villains in the 21st century.

In addition to the Justice League’s two powerhouses, we also get re-introduced to its tough-as-nails leading lady, Wonder Woman. This version of the Princess of Themyscira is brought to us by Gal Gadot. Gadot’s character lends a twist to the movie as we get to see herself, Affleck and Cavill’s personas learn about each other for the first time.

There is a lot of story crammed into this two and a half hour tale, with many hints towards where we could be taken next. We see a few faces that, in recent times, haven’t been on the big screen and it certainly leaves plenty of options for Warner Bros. Pictures to continue on with this saga.

Whether you’re rooting for Superman, have your money on Batman, or think that Wonder Woman will take them both, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a must see for all superhero fans. Hopefully, this will usher in a new era for our favourite DC characters and bring new life to the heroes of our childhoods.